It has been a while since Pittsburghers have been given the opportunity to watch death-defying feats of aerial bravery in the same venue where their beloved Penguins play. Three years, to be exact.

COVID-19 was just beginning to enter the public consciousness when Cirque du Soleil set up shop at PPG Paints Arena for its traveling “Ovo” show. It was a much simpler time back then, when most folks could go watch a bunch of adults dressed as insects fly around without a care in the world.

Three pandemic-impacted years later, Cirque du Soleil is returning to Pittsburgh with “Corteo,” a performance its website describes as “a festive parade imagined by a clown.” The 100-minute “Corteo” begins its Steel City engagement Thursday evening and runs through Sunday.

“The show brings together the passion of the actor with the grace and power of the acrobat to plunge the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth,” the website description reads.

Tickets are available for all five Pittsburgh shows via Have fun clowning around!

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